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SSA- sudo upgrade fixes a potential vulnerability Vulnerability Scan


Vulnerability Scan Summary
SSA sudo upgrade fixes a potential vulnerability

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
New sudo packages are available to fix a security problem which may allow
users to become root, or to execute arbitrary code as root.

Here's the information from the Slackware 8.0 ChangeLog:

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Thu Apr 25 12:00:50 PDT 2002
patches/packages/sudo.tgz: Upgraded to sudo-1.6.6.
This version of sudo fixes a security problem whereby a local user may gain
root access through corruption of the heap (Off-By-Five).
This issue was discovered by Global InterSec LLC, and more information may
be found on their web site:
http://www.globalintersec.com/adv/sudo-2002041701.txt
The discussion on the site indicates that this problem may only be exploitable
on systems that use PAM, which Slackware does not use. However, in the
absence of proof, it still seems prudent to upgrade sudo immediately.
(* Security fix *)
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